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July 2016

 

Protect That Birthday Suit from the Sun  
Here comes the sun! We all know that UV rays can be harmful. But did you know that most UV exposure occurs before age 18?  By protecting children from the sun now, you can significantly reduce their risk of developing skin cancer later in life.
 
Be sun safe and practice these tips:
  • Avoid peak hours: Try to keep toddlers and children out of the direct sun during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is when the sun is most intense.
  • Seek shade: Look for trees and other naturally shady areas for children to play.
  • Cover up: A long-sleeved shirt and pants are the best clothes to protect the skin. A broad-brimmed hat, especially one that covers the neck, is recommended. Look for sunglasses that provide 99 to 100 per cent UVA and UVB protection.
  • Slop it on: Dermatologists strongly recommend a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection and a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more if you and your child are out in the sun. Use a lip balm with SPF 30 as well. Make sure to use products approved by the Canadian Dermatology Association. See HealthLinkBC's Sun Safety for Children health file for tips on applying sunscreen.
  • Extra precautions for babies: Babies are especially sensitive to UV radiation and heat. Do not expose babies who are less than one year of age to any intense, direct sunlight. If your baby must be in the sun, apply sunscreen to small areas of skin that aren't covered by clothing or a hat. 
Symptoms of heat illness in children include:
  • changes in behaviour (sleepiness or temper tantrums)
  • dizziness or fainting
  • nausea or vomiting
  • headache
  • rapid breathing and heartbeat
  • extreme thirst
  • decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine
If you see any of these signs during extreme heat, immediately move the child to a cool place and give liquids. Water is best. If you are breastfeeding, breast milk will provide adequate hydration for your baby. Remember to keep yourself hydrated so you can stay healthy too.
 
If a child has a high body temperature and is unconscious, confused or has stopped sweating call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. Heat stroke is a medical emergency. 
 
For more information visit the Health Canada website.  

Confident Parents: Thriving Kids Program
Source: CATCH  www.catchcoalition.com
This program is a family-focused coaching program effective in reducing mild to moderate behavioural problems and promoting healthy child development in children ages 3-12. The program is delivered province-wide via telephone by trained coaches. Parents learn effective family management practices that are proven to prevent, reduce and reverse the development of mild to moderate behaviour problems that create challenges at home, school and in social settings.T he program is offered through the  Canadian Mental Health Association B.C. Division (CMHABC) at no cost to BC families. A referral from a doctor or practitioner is required.  Coaches are available during the day, evening and weekend hours to meet each family's needs.  See website for more info.

A Playful Approach to Discipline
Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist and an internationally renowned authority in the field of child development. This article on the root causes of problem behaviour and their surprisingly playful solutions was first published by the Neufeld Institute ( neufeldinstitute.org ) in April 2016 as a two-part editorial. The author has modified it for ParentsCanada.

Family Vacation Survival Guide   
Children love vacations. But vacation can also be stressful. Kids often stay up late, get disconnected from parents, and melt down from the overload. Even if it's just your own family on a vacation you've all looked forward to, the disrupted schedules, traveling, and the crash and burn from all the excitement can easily be a recipe for tears and tantrums. Dr. Laura of   AhaParenting.com  has compiled a list of tips to help parents manage life during vacations to maximize the joy and minimize the tears.  


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